FRIENDS OF MYSTERY
Dana Haynes has been named the winner of 2011 Spotted Owl Award for his novel Crashers. The thriller begins with the crash of a commercial airliner on interstate highway, I-5. The National Transportation Safety Board sends its crack team of investigators to determine the cause of the crash. As the investigators begin to sift through the evidence, they become aware that it was not pilot error or mechanical failure, but a terrorist plot that brought the plane down. International intelligence indicates another plane is the next target. The investigators must use all their expertise to prevent another crash.
The 2011 award marks the 16th year of Spotted Owl winners. Previous winners are Kate Wilhelm, Kris (Nelscott) Rusch, and Lowen Clausen, who have each won the award twice. Other winners include Alan Bradley, Earl Emerson, John Straley, Tom Mitcheltree, L.L. Thrasher, Marcia Simpson, G.M. Ford, Kevin O’Brien, Mike Doogan and Phil Margolin.
Runners up for the 2011 Spotted Owl Award are: Jon Talton for Deadline Man, Robert Dugoni for Bodily Harm, Mike Lawson for House Justice, Patrick McManus for The Huckleberry Murders, Bill Cameron for Day One, Phillip Margolin for Supreme Justice, Greg Rucka for The Last Run, Steve Martini for The Rule of Nine, Michael Gruber for The Good Son.
The committee of five Friends of Mystery members evaluated 61 books. Friends of Mystery is a non-profit literary/educational organization with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. For the past 26 years we have presented lectures, organized conferences, and sponsored reading groups. We also publish a regular newsletter, The Bloodletter. Our purpose is to promote the study and understanding of mystery literature. For more information visit our web site at http://www.friendsofmystery.org/